Training In A Bench Shirt Without A Lifting Partner

Create: 12/21/2005 - 08:39
Many powerlifters either by choice or out of necessity don't train in commercial gyms. Sometimes that means a home gym. At times, that means lifting without anyone around. A poster at APF Outlaws wonders if it's possible to train in a bench shirt without a training partner. The answers are somewhat divided:

Just use an open back shirt that isn't your comp shirt. One that is a little too big so you can put it on yourself. Make sure you lift in a power rack and set the pins so you can hit your chest but if you miss, the bar can come forward and nott crush your throat

make sure to use safety chains just below your lowest point of your stroke to save your ass if you can't lock it out.

Others don't think it's going to be productive training:

if you wear a DD it won't stay in position when you lift off to yourself. If you wear a closed back shirt you won't be able to get it off. Not to mention its hard to handle weight 50-200# over your raw max without a good liftoff.

If you can get a "useful" bench shirt on w/o a partner then it isn't worth wearing. Might just as well wear a t shirt.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I strongly recommend a training partner, but sometimes it is just not possible. I cant get out of a bench shirt by myself for sure. Be smart and makes plans for a missed lift. If there is a will, there is a way.

Submitted by admin on

If there is a will, there is a way.

Doesn't that really encompass much of what powerlifting is in general? Any powerlifting t-shirts out there with a variation on this saying?